We continue the list today with number 82 in our countdown with Kentucky junior LHP Logan Darnell. He is from Goodpasture High School and his hometown is Joelton Tennessee. He had an outstanding high school career where he won the state championship in his freshman and senior seasons. In his senior season, he went 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA while striking out 112 batters in 62 innings. He also was strong in his junior season when he went 11-3 with an ERA of 1.20. He picked up All-State honors in his junior and senior campaigns while being named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American after his senior season.
He pitched in 15 games during his freshman season (2008) for a total of 17.2 innings while accumulating 4.08 ERA. He struggled the entire season with his control as he walked 14 while only striking out 12. He spent the summer of 2008 in the New York Collegiate Baseball League where he appeared in eight games (six starts) while going 3-0 with an ERA of 1.82. He ended up pitching in 34.2 innings while his strikeout to walks ratio was 33-19. Baseball America and PGCrosschecker each named him the top prospect in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
The 2009 campaign saw Darnell continued to be used out of the bullpen as he had 28 appearances with a 5-6 record while having a 4.50 ERA. He continued to struggle a little bit with his control as he had 20 in 46.0 innings and striking out 47 batters. Darnell also hit six batters and tossed six wild pitches. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Alaskan Baseball League where he pitched for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. Logan appeared in 13 games (nine starts) as he went 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA but continued to show his wild side by walking 18 batters and striking out 37. Baseball America named him the sixth best prospect in the league while Perfect Game named him the third best pro prospect for his efforts.
Darnell could take the next step into the weekend rotation this spring which will give the Wildcats a strong rotation behind Alex Meyer and James Paxton. If he can cut down on his walks, then he might be much better during the 2010 season.
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